Congo Brazza Senate President Calls For Strict Measures Against COVID-19

Pierre Ngolo, President of Congo Brazzaville’s Senate, has called for rigour in the application of barrier measures against the COVID-19 in the country, as the disease has killed 94 persons so far in the country.

Speaking in Brazzaville, the nation’s capital on Thursday,  Ngolo admonished the national population to work on their consciences to engage in general mobilization within the context of enforcing the coronavirus barrier measures which include the obligatory wearing of face masks, washing of hands and social distancing.

Out of the 5,774 confirmed cases, a total of 94 persons have so far died of COVID-19 in Congo Brazzaville. Of this number, 5,000 patients have been successfully treated and discharged from hospitals, while there are 667 active cases in hospitals right now.

For the 12th time, the Senate and House of Assembly have authorized the extension of the sanitary state of emergency in the country by 20 days beginning Thursday, November 26.

The Senate President encouraged the government to continue with the good work it has been doing aimed at limiting the negative effects of the pandemic on the country and its economic and social activities.

Ngolo, however, deplored the general indifference to the coronavirus barrier measures observed of late in the country and called for a rethink especially at this time when there is a resurgence of the pandemic in other countries around the world.

“The fact that the government has not been forthcoming with showing the public hospitalized COVID-19 patients has made a majority of the population to think the coronavirus does not exist,” opined a civil society activist in Brazzaville on Sunday.

“I think it is time the government starts letting the people see the hospital facilities housing Covid-19 patients as well as the patients themselves to make them believe the pandemic is real.”

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